Bike Austin’s Hottest Day of the Year Ride set for Aug. 8

Bike Austin's sixth annual Hottest Day of the Year Ride is set for Aug. 8.  LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Bike Austin’s sixth annual Hottest Day of the Year Ride is set for Aug. 8. LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Looks like it’s going to get hot this summer after all, so we might as well embrace the heat by pedaling around Austin on a bicycle and jumping into as many swimming holes as possible.

Join Bike Austin for its scorching annual Hottest Day of the Year Ride on Saturday, Aug. 8. The ride begins at 2 p.m. at three separate locations – Wheatsville South, 4001 South Lamar Boulevard; Performance Bike, 2900 West Anderson Lane; and in.gredients, 2610 Manor Road. Routes vary from 6 to 11 miles.

Participants in this year's Hottest Day of the Year Ride will stop by local swimming pools to cool off.  LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Participants in this year’s Hottest Day of the Year Ride will stop by local swimming pools to cool off.
LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The point? To remind people that if you dress right, hydrate and keep an open mind, biking to the park, pool, cafe or ice cream shop is doable and fun for all ages and abilities.

Ride participants will get free snacks and beverages from Wheatsville Co-Op and Royal Blue Grocery, 10 cool swimming spots and a custom bandana. Proceeds will benefit Bike Austin’s Education Fund.

Tickets are $5 for members or $10 for non-members and include access to the post-ride party at 5 p.m. at Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Boulevard. There will be live music and Bike Austin president Erick Benz will give an update on future plans.

Register here.

Wear sunscreen. Bring water, swimwear, a spare bike tube, lock, cash for food and lights for the ride home afterward. Helmets are recommended.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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